A skater from the Lethbridge Skating Club performed with a cast of championship figure skaters at the ENMAX Centre last night as part of the ‘Rock the Rink’ tour. The show, headlined by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, included a star-studded cast of 9 of the world’s best skaters including Patrick Chan, Elvis Stojko, Kaetlyn Osmond and more. The tour selected a Special Olympics athlete to join the show in each of the tour stops across the country. The Lethbridge Figure Skating Club was proud and excited to have Moriah Van't Land selected as the Lethbridge athlete.
Moriah has true passion for performing, and will tell anyone that asks that she wants to be famous! Before the show started, when Moriah had a chance to see where her family and skating friends were seated, she told her mom, Angela, “Oh no, I’m going to be too famous!” Performing in front of her biggest crowd to date at Rock the Rink, Moriah thrilled the audience, skating to ‘Give Me a 10’ from Beethoven’s Wig. At the end of the show, Moriah was welcomed back to the ice, getting a hug from Patrick Chan before taking a bow with the cast and skating a victory lap to ‘high-five’ spectators seated rink side.
Performing in Rock the Rink was an exciting and unique opportunity for Moriah. When the show was done and the nerves had passed her mom asked her, ‘how was it?’ and Moriah answered as only Moriah can, “It was magical. Happy glitter magic!”
Moriah is 13 years old and has been skating with the Lethbridge Skating Club for 7 years. For the past 2 seasons Moriah has been competing in Special Olympics events. In February of this year, Moriah competed at the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Calgary, where she won Gold. This past spring Moriah was awarded the Jamie Salé Special Olympics Skater Achievement Award by Skate Canada Alberta/NWT Nunavut. Moriah is currently working hard to improve her spiral, and her long term goal is to compete in Special Olympics at Worlds.
Thursday, January 24th, 2019
Lethbridge Skating Club skaters had a unique opportunity to participate in a figure skating seminar with Olympic Medalist, 2018 World Champion, and 3-time Canadian Champion, Kaetlyn Osmond.
With the Skate Canada Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships going on right now, most figure skating fans across our country have their eye on New Brunswick, watching Canada's best. Many skating fans in Lethbridge however, are also excited for the 2019 Geico U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit taking place right now.
That's because a 15 year old skater from the Lethbridge Skating Club will be competing. This time last year, Romy Malcolm was in search of a dance partner so she could follow her dream of becoming an ice dancer. She traveled to Colorado to audition with a dancer there, and within a few short months, had relocated to train at the Monument Skating Club with her new partner, Davis Ortonward.
In the months since, Romy and Davis have been training hard with 20 hours on the ice each week and additional off -ice training and ballroom dancing. In November Romy and Davis competed at the 2019 Pacific Coast Sectional FS Championships in Salt Lake City, where they placed third and earned a spot in the US National Championships.
Davis and Romy are supported by a team of great coaches, including Tiffany Dombeck, Lara Ladret, Ben Agosto, Quinn Chambers, and Chris Dean.
In December the Lethbridge Skating Club had the opportunity to cheer Romy and Davis on in person, when they were guest skaters at the annual Toys for Tots charity skating event.
The pair is competing at the Intermediate level, and will perform their pattern dance at 1:00 PM (MST) on Saturday January 19th, and their Free Dance at 12:45 (MST) on Sunday January 20th. The event will be live streamed and can be watched here: https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/watch/?Live=92&type=Live
Lethbridge Skating Club coach Darren Gillett says, "We are very proud of not just what Romy has accomplished as a skater, but also having the drive and determination to pursue her dream," The Lethbridge Skating Club is very proud of Romy and all her hard work, and we will all be cheering for her and Davis when they take to the ice in Detroit!